Carnegie's Libraries: A Sesquicentennial Celebration

On View: 
Tuesday, June 11, 1985 to Sunday, September 8, 1985

To mark the 150th exhibition of Andrew Carnegie's birth, this exhibition focuses on the architectural impact of Carnegie's philanthropic public library program in the United States, which helped construct more than 1,600 buildings. Architectural drawings, photographs, cartoons, posters, and 300 vintage postcards, illustrate the program's broad geographic scope as well as the skillful planning solutions developed by architects in response to the problem of designing a relatively new type of building. The projects by McKim, Mead & White, James Gamble Rogers, and Alden & Harlow are among the works featured. Objects are on loan from major libraries, historical societies, and private collections. 

Organized by Timothy F. Rub, Ford Foundation Fellow, Department of Drawings and Prints.